Objects are not literature

It may be true that objects are not literature, but what we do with them is. The way we shape them turns them into words, maybe something like ideographs. The way we group them makes a syntax or a grammar. Above all it’s our need to tell stories about ourselves and each other that gives meaning to art. Abstract painting and abstract sculpture are where the emphatically present object shares space with the elemental story. I wouldn’t find this interesting if I didn’t have an acute preference for the object—literature is too much everywhere.

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